Americans More Likely To Die Of Opioid Overdose Than Car Crash

Posted at 3:14 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 17:43:55-05

(CNN) – A new study shows that the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident.

The grim finding comes from the National Safety Council which analyzed preventable injury and fatality statistics from 2017.

Examining a variety of federal and state data the NSC found the lifetime odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose were 1 in 96. For motor vehicle accidents the odds were 1 in 103 and 1 in 114 for falls. The lifetime odds of suicide were greater, at 1 in 88.

The NSC also found the lifetime odds of death for this form of overdose were greater than the risk of death from falls, pedestrian incidents, drowning and fire.

The organization found nine out of ten opioid painkiller users are not concerned about addiction, but 60 percent reported at least one addiction risk factor.